Articles | Volume 23, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1453–1467, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1453-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1453–1467, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1453-2019

Research article 14 Mar 2019

Research article | 14 Mar 2019

Contribution of potential evaporation forecasts to 10-day streamflow forecast skill for the Rhine River

Bart van Osnabrugge et al.

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Short summary
A correct estimate of the amount of future precipitation is the most important factor in making a good streamflow forecast, but evaporation is also an important component that determines the discharge of a river. However, in this study for the Rhine River we found that evaporation forecasts only give an almost negligible improvement compared to methods that use statistical information on climatology for a 10-day streamflow forecast. This is important to guide research on low flow forecasts.